It's Wednesday 25th June - the day before I head of to France and I think everything is ready to go. I took the Harley out for a spin this morning down to Rathnew - I have a new seat with a backrest and I am still trying to get used to it. It seems a little bit higher than the old one and is definitely closer to the handlebars. This is making me sit up a bit straighter which of course is good - the backrest is also great. I'm facing 1,000 miles on the road over the next three days, so I want to be as comfortable as possible.
I filled up the petrol tank to the brim at Texaco in Newtownpark Avenue - this should get me about 175 miles in Wales and England tomorrow. As petrol is a lot more expensive in England I hope to only have to fill up once. The mileage counter is at 24,642 miles - I expect it to be close to 27,000 miles on my return.
I'm taking the HSS from Dún Laoghaire to Holyhead in Wales at 11.10 in the morning - a nice civilized hour to start off. I have all my bags packed. The Harley has two saddle bags - one will be for "bike stuff", the other will hold non-clothes items such as shoes, chargers, cables, camera, and books. I'm taking my clothes in a carry bag and straping this to my rear seat.
I'm really looking forward to this journey - the first stage (Holyhead to Portsmouth) will be about 300 miles and should take about 5-6 hours. I'm taking my computer with me so that I can hopefully blog my trip and holiday. Watch this space!